The Occupation – 1843

#129 in the Moʻolelo series

On October 3rd, 1843, a missive was received from Britain, and reprinted in the newspaper Ka Nonanona, noting its awareness of the British occupation of Hawaiʻi and stating unequivocally that it defied British policy. In other words, Lord George Paulet was acting alone (he probably had the authority to do so under British naval regulations in a non-recognized state, but the Her Majesty’s government equally had the authority to reverse his actions, which they did:

WASHINGTON, June 25th, 1843.
                SIR: Her Majesty’s government, previous to the departure from England of the last steam-kpacket, had already received information, though not officially, of the provisional occupation of the Sandwich Islands, in the name of Great Britain, by the officer commanding Her Majesty’s ship “Carysfort.”

                I am directed by the Earl of Aberdeen to state to you, for the information of the government of the United States, that the occupation of the Sandwich Islands was an act entirely unauthorized by Her Majesty’s government; and that, with the least practcable delay, due enquiry will be made into the proceedings which led to it.
                The British government had already announced to certain commissioners, who arrived in Great Britain in March last, on the part of the King of the Sandwich Islands, that Her Majesty had determined to recognize the independence of those islands under their present chief.

                To that determination Her Majesty’s government intends to adhere. At the same time, however, it is right that it should be understood that the British government equally intend to engage, and, if necessary, to compel, the Chief of the Sandwich Islands, to redress whatever acts of injustice may have been committed against British subjects by that Chief, or by his ministers or agents, either arbitrarily, or under the false color of lawful proccedings.
                Instructions which, during the past year, were addressed by her Mnjesty’s government to the British consul residing in the Sandwich Islands, and to the naval officers employed on the Pacific station, enjoined those officers to treat upon all occassions, the

*Mi. Rikeke [Mr. Richards] laua o Haalilio.

London, England

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